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Publisher Description

An instant New York Times Bestseller
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

"A thrilling debut that deserves your attention." –Ron Charles, the Washington Post

Written with the haunting emotional power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .

It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.

Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women’s strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
March 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

knightreader84 ,

What was the point?

The author writes beautifully, but that’s probably the only good thing about this book. The book is full of heartbreak and sadness, and fails to deliver any meaningful plot in my opinion.

loganhughes ,

Did not care for

I did not care for this book. I felt the author should have developed Glory’s character and story a lot more. I enjoyed reading about the character’s lives but it didn’t tie anything together at all. It was very choppy and difficult to read.

Libda B ,

Heartbreaking and so true.

I cried all the way through the story. The ugliness that was unleashed is still with us today.